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July 14, 2005
B.W. COOK Summer on the Balboa Peninsula could not have been celebrated with more enthusiasm than at the recent dinner gala billed as "A Seafaring Life." Opera Pacific and its auxiliary, Gold Ring Society of Founders, organized the summer frolic by the bay to honor one of its own, Margaret Price. The historic Balboa Pavilion, erected in 1905 and recently refurnished, was the site of dinner, dancing and sentimental tributes to Price, 87, who has devoted her life to family and to music.
NEWS
November 30, 2002
The 20th anniversary Opera Ball, celebrating the magic and majesty of Opera Pacific, unfolded last week at the Disneyland Hotel's Grand Ballroom. Chaired by Newport's indomitable social force Donna Bunce, the party was, in her words, "Simply breathtaking." "Sometimes it all just works, comes together perfectly," she said. "This was one such evening." Celebrating the 17th season of opera in Costa Mesa, the company anticipates more than $300,000 in proceeds from the ball.
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By Jessie Brunner | August 9, 2007
In Thursday's Pilot, a photo caption in the story "Budding opera stars bloom at camp" should have said Matthew Lulofs, left, Katy Tang and Hannah McDermott perform in the Opera Pacific family opera "The Star Child." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noelle Hubbard had all the right credentials for admittance to Opera Pacific's summer Opera Camp. At the age of 3, the 10-year-old Costa Mesa resident could sit through an entire opera without "squiggling or worming around or anything like that," and she performed in her first opera, La Boheme, at 5. "I like pop music, too, but opera is just more emotional than other things, and it really reaches out and grabs you," said Noelle, the granddaughter of Opera Pacific's former executive director, Martin Hubbard.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint, bradley.zint@latimes.com | February 7, 2011
COSTA MESA - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 is a memorable one for Carl St.Clair. He first saw it played on a 1948 black-and-white Westinghouse television. The orchestra: the Boston Symphony. The conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Some years later, things came musically full circle. Again, the piece was Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. The orchestra: the Boston Symphony. The conductor: Carl St.Clair. St.Clair, who's approaching his 22nd season as music director of the Pacific Symphony, recalled the anecdote at a conference Monday morning before about 175 attendees in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
NEWS
August 10, 2006
Children's-book sale benefits libraries The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries' Bookstore is holding a book sale every week in August and September, featuring a selection of slightly used children's and young adult books. The books are on sale at the bookstore behind the Mesa Verde Library, at the corner of Mesa Verde Drive East and Baker Street.   Hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. The bookstore can be reached at (714) 438-0517. Opera Pacific to present youth performance The annual Opera Pacific summer camp, which trains children to perform and produce operas, will present its 2006 production this Friday at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor Theatre.
NEWS
October 27, 2000
Homer Bludau, city manager of Newport Beach, will fire the starting gun for the 2nd annual 5K Run/Walk for the Arts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Balboa Theater, 705 E. Balboa Blvd. Runners and walkers will wind their way through Peninsula Point to the Wedge and back to the finish line at the Balboa Pier. Children can compete in their own half-mile run along the oceanfront boardwalk. Preregistration is $25 on the day of the event. The Kids' Run fee is $5. All proceeds benefit the Balboa Theater renovation project.
NEWS
July 6, 2000
The Newport-Mesa crowd gathered to support Opera Pacific, which performs at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, as the Gold Ring Society of Founders of Opera Pacific presented its summer gala "An Evening in Seville." The festive Saturday evening crowd partied under the stars and the backdrop of romantic Spanish architecture at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana. The affair was produced by Newport's Nancy Sorosky and Margaret L. "Maggie" Price, both longtime and dedicated supporters of Opera Pacific.
NEWS
December 20, 2001
B.W. Cook It was an evening fit for the Romanov family. Opera Pacific held its annual holiday ball themed around a "royal Russian" experience -- in part to honor the upcoming production of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin." Under the patronage of the Honorable Yury V. Popov, consul general of the Russian Federation, more than 400 guests paid $300 and more to spend the holidays in a re-creation of the Palace at St. Petersburg. Actually, the Orange County extravaganza unfolded in the Sequoia Ballroom of Disney's new Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim.
ENTERTAINMENT
By By Elia Powers | January 18, 2006
Opera Pacific vice chairman's stately lineage includes characters in an upcoming show.Their most recent encounter came on a weekday afternoon inside Opera Pacific's headquarters in Santa Ana. Fillmore Wood, vice chairman of Opera Pacific, caught up with Kristine Winkler, one of the principal performers in the upcoming show, "The Italian Girl in Algiers." "Rehearse well; do the family proud," Wood told Winkler as they exited the office. It was a seemingly unusual salutation given that the two are not related.
NEWS
August 8, 2001
-- Story by Young Chang, photo by XX Though Sandi Jackson moved around as a child, though schools and cities and friends often changed, one of her constants was the opera. Whether it was in Phoenix, Ariz., Detroit, Denver or Akron, Ohio, Jackson's parents always took her to the opera (in Akron, the family drove to Cleveland for shows). "And then I just learned to appreciate the music," said Jackson, who saw her first opera, "The Marriage of Figaro," in New York when she was about 10. Today, the Newport Beach resident volunteers at Opera Pacific to help bring what she calls "world-class opera" to Orange County.
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By Michael Miller and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 8, 2014
Elaine Redfield, a longtime Orange County arts advocate whose campaign for a local performance center led to the creation of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has died at the age of 96. The coroner's office did not have information available on the cause of death, but the county Public Health agency confirmed Thursday that Redfield died Sunday. A New York City native, Redfield grew up three blocks from Carnegie Hall and honed her love of music by listening to her mother play the piano, according to a statement on the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's website.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint | April 26, 2012
Orange County may be opera county again if this keeps up. The Pacific Symphony's three-night performance of Puccini's "La Bohème," the Italian opera classic, this time under the direction of A. Scott Parry, was met with strong ticket sales and enthusiastic audiences. And one more enthusiastic review. The production in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall was the first part of the Costa Mesa-based orchestra's "Symphonic Voices," a three-year initiative to bring back opera to the county someway, somehow, after the Opera Pacific shuttered in 2008.
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By Bradley Zint, bradley.zint@latimes.com | February 7, 2011
COSTA MESA - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 is a memorable one for Carl St.Clair. He first saw it played on a 1948 black-and-white Westinghouse television. The orchestra: the Boston Symphony. The conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Some years later, things came musically full circle. Again, the piece was Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. The orchestra: the Boston Symphony. The conductor: Carl St.Clair. St.Clair, who's approaching his 22nd season as music director of the Pacific Symphony, recalled the anecdote at a conference Monday morning before about 175 attendees in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 4, 2009
In late September 1986, friends of Florence “Floss” Schumacher said, she found herself frantically working on seating arrangements the night before the county’s biggest gala. It was the opening of the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, and Schumacher had chaired the committee slated to put on “the party to end all parties.” “She had so many friends she promised wonderful seats, but there were only so many seats,” laughed Jan Landstrom, Schumacher’s longtime friend.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | January 16, 2009
The Orange County Performing Arts Center announced Friday that it laid off about 6% of its full-time staff and an additional 3% of its part-time staff this week as it goes through what management is calling the most difficult financial situation the center has ever faced. No programs will be affected, though, according to Vice President of Marketing Todd Bentjen. All of the music and theater events scheduled at the center along with community outreach programs at local schools will continue as planned.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Alan Blank | June 26, 2008
Newport Beach’s concerts in the park will kick off Sunday with the return of a reggae band back by popular demand, according to organizers. Upstream will be the first in a series of five free acts performing in parks around the city throughout the summer. The schedule includes the always well-attended Shakespeare by the Sea performances, which are changing venues this year to Bonita Canyon Park in order to accommodate the crowds the event drew last year. The company, which will perform in 15 cities in Southern California this summer, will come to Newport Beach for one weekend to perform “Antony and Cleopatra” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
FEATURES
By B.W. COOK | May 8, 2008
Tiffany & Co.’s signature blue boxes tied in white ribbon were everywhere. Patrons attending the 25th anniversary 2008 Opera Ball last week at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa were greeted in the hotel lobby with a table stacked high and proud with the iconic gift boxes. “Please consider making a $100 donation to Opera Pacific and purchase a box,” offered the women behind the table. By the time the big evening festivities were fully underway there was not a box left to be sold.
FEATURES
By Kelly Strodl | October 1, 2007
The feathers on Adolfo Arteaga’s toucan-inspired headdress whirled and swirled as he bounded across the outdoor Plaza Stage at the second annual Community Arts Festival put on by the Orange County Performing Artscenter Sunday. Arteaga, along with his wife, Eva, and daughters Tonanzin, 17, and Huitzi, 14, shared their Aztec heritage with the crowds swarming the center’s grounds that day at a free event aimed at bringing the community into the arts. Tonanzin and Huitzi are home-schooled and love it because it gives them more time to travel with the family performance troupe “Danza Azteca Xochipilli.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | August 9, 2007
In Thursday's Pilot, a photo caption in the story "Budding opera stars bloom at camp" should have said Matthew Lulofs, left, Katy Tang and Hannah McDermott perform in the Opera Pacific family opera "The Star Child." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noelle Hubbard had all the right credentials for admittance to Opera Pacific's summer Opera Camp. At the age of 3, the 10-year-old Costa Mesa resident could sit through an entire opera without "squiggling or worming around or anything like that," and she performed in her first opera, La Boheme, at 5. "I like pop music, too, but opera is just more emotional than other things, and it really reaches out and grabs you," said Noelle, the granddaughter of Opera Pacific's former executive director, Martin Hubbard.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2007
Egyptian official to discuss U.S. relations in Newport The Egyptian consul general will be in town April 18 at the Fairmont Newport Beach to speak about Egyptian-United States relations and the future of the Middle East. Abderahman Salaheldin has held his position since 2004 and has been a diplomat for more than 25 years. The reception will begin at 6 p.m., with a dinner presentation following at 7 p.m. Salaheldin will make time for a question-and-answer session after the speech.
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